Despite billions spent on intelligence, we know very little

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WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014 – The U.S. spends billions on intelligence, yet we always seem to be surprised by events in the world. George W. Bush told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and CIA Director George Tenet backed up this assessment. In fact, Iraq had no such weapons.

We invaded that country on the basis of false information.

More recently, the CIA and the NSA have been in the news, mostly for spying on Americans, even on our elected representatives in the Congress. When it came to Russia’s takeover of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine, our intelligence community seemed surprised. They didn’t see it coming. And the rise of ISIS, or ISIL, or the Islamic State seems to have surprised everyone in Washington. No one seemed to know anything about it.


 

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Indeed, the FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to any Islamist terror threats , despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. Instead, The Washington Times reports that the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published in August that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements, none motivated by radical Islam.

While other intelligence agencies have now identified nearly a dozen Americans who have traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the group which the Obama administration now says poses the greatest threat to the U.S. since Al Qaeda before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the FBI focuses on anti-government militia groups, black separatists and animal rights groups.

Patrick Poole, a domestic terrorism expert, blames “politically correct” policies at the FBI for the omission of the Islamic groups.  He said:

“At the same time we have senior members of the Obama administration openly saying that it’s not a question of if but when we have a terror attack targeting the U.S. by ISIL, we have the FBI putting on blinders  to make sure they don’t see that threat.

These politically correct policies have already allowed Americans to be killed at Fort Hood and in Boston.”

The administration in 2009 adopted a new policy that substituted the vague term “violent extremism” as a replacement for terrorism. Incredibly, the latest FBI report showed that domestic terrorists killed 43 people from 2000 to 2013 and left out all references to the April 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon, which killed 3 people and injured some 264 others.

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